How to Make a Website with a Guestbook

by iconoguest on April 21, 2012 · 20 comments

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Free guestbook for website

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a website with a custom guestbook.  Adding a guestbook where people can comment on your website is extremely easy.  We’ll show you how to do this when creating a website with the IconoSites web builder.

1. Go the link  http://www.gmodules.com/ig/creator?synd=open&url=http%3A//www.nobullwidgets
.com/widgets/2009-widgets/guestbook-wide/widget.xml
Please see screenshot below.

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2. You may change the width and height of your guestbook page by modifying the numbers. In this example, the default value was used. Afterwards click the Get the code button. Please see screenshot below.

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3. Next copy the code. You’ll be placing this code in your webpage later on. Please see screenshot.

Add guestbook to website

4. Login to your Iconosite free website builder account and create a new page called Guestbook. Please see screenshot below.

Free guestbook for website

5. Name your page as Guestbook like the one you see below. Please see screenshot below.

Add comments to website

6. Next click the HTML from your page content editor. Please see screenshot below.

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7. Paste the code into the HTML Editor Source then click UPDATE button. Please see screenshot.

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8. Next scroll down a little bit from your content editor then set the following settings below. Make sure to mark check else it won’t work. Please see screenshot.

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9. Save your work and you’re done.

Add guestbook to website

10. Finally check out website and try your guestbook in action. Finish.

Free guestbook for website

And that’s it!  You just used a site builder to add a custom guestbook to your website.  Now it’s time to promote it, and start building a community right on your website and take advantage of all the benefits this can have on your business.

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  • Benjamin C

    On my site the guestbook helped me in two ways, one knowing what people thought of my page and service, and two, I was able to get a database of the visitors and send them some more information.  This site builder is very complete and your tutorials are very clear and easy to follow. 

    • Bob Charles

      That’s great Benjamin and that is the whole point of the Guestbook.  By providing a place where your visitors can drop comments, you are opening the line of communication between your potential customers and you, the business owner.  When you make a website, there are so many mistakes that you can make the addition of a guestbook can help bring these mistakes to the surface.  This includes spelling errors, but also includes confusing text or messaging that you have on your website.  By monitoring this feedback you can in turn use our website builder to immediately make changes and fine tune your web pages.

  • Patric

    I don´t know why many people stoped using guestbooks, in my opinion they help a lot to understand what people thinks and want, so to build a website that will be used for business or selling something a guestbook is ideal.

    • Bob Charles

      I think a lot of people stopped using them because they became a bit overused and added a lot of clutter to web pages.  And there is something to be said about this.  When you build a website, guestbooks should be used sparingly and on certain web pages only.  They should be critical pages, such as those that display your products or services.  That way, you can obtain the critical feedback you need to make adjustments.  Fortunately you can make changes whenever you want using our free website builder.

  • Craig N.

    I do agree with Mr. Charles on how guestbooks should be used on a site, it can be used wisely when you build a website of your own business and really want to know a bit more about other´s opinions so you can improve your product or service.  Sometimes people use the guestbook just to say hello.

    • Bob Charles

      Anyone should consider this when creating a website.  However, depending on your particular business or industry, having a guestbook may also not be relevant and may actually lower the quality of the website in general.  So this should also be considered when you make a website.

  • Mandy

    I haven´t visted a page with guestbook in a long time, still  they could always come back, here I´ve read some opinions and I´m thinking about it cause is truth, it can be useful, specially when you sell something you make, not any product that is manufactured.  It can really make a website better if you can know exactly what costumers think, I´ll probably add a guestbook to mine. 

    • Bob Charles

      It’s at least something to consider, Mandy.  We have gotten a lot of requests from our members who are creating a website with our web site builder, and that should tell you how many entrepreneurs are considering it.  So, as a result, we decided to make a tutorial that shows you how to build a website with a guestbook.

  • Prentis

    I totally agree with Mandy, when you sell something you also produce, of course you wanna know what clients think, in a more specific way than a survey, so you have to create a website that can provide this information, and a guestbook is a good choice. 

    • Bob Charles

      thanks for your comments, Prentis!  

  • Gregor

    i just wanted to ask if I can build a website  and add the guest book and then use the same code in another website or do I need to create anotherone? In bothe sites I use Iconsites :D

    • Bob Charles

      Hi Gregor, you could definitely try to take the code from one Guestbook and place it on another site.  You’d just want to grab the HTML and place it on the web page you want, using our free website creator.  

      • Gregor

         Thanks a lot for your answer I did as you told me and added the HTML code and it works perfectly, its very easy to customize so it looks completely different from my first gustbook.
        p.s. Sorry about the typo I wanted to write “both” not *bothe :)

  • Kenny

    I added the guestbook 3 days ago and I alredy have comments and one suggestion in my site, this can really make a website better and the owner can know what his or her clients want. Cool

    • Bob Charles

      That’s awesome to hear Kenny, I think you have summarized the merit of adding a Guestbook to a website.  The ease with which your customers can add comments almost encourages them to do so.  This kind of volume, fast feedback can be extremely beneficial for your business — especially if you are a newer company and have new products and/or services.  Using our free website maker, and this tutorial above, it’s just too easy to take advantage of.

  • Carmindy

    The guestbook is something that has been underestimated over time, I understand it was maybe because some of the entries were of non relevant content, but still there most be a way to filter information and what you get out of it is very valuable, so this can really be and improvement and make a website better, more complete, users feel good when they can give their opinion, and the owner benefits from it. 

    • Bob Charles

      That’s a good point.  A guestbook should be moderated to filter out unwanted, irrelevant or profane comments.  Anyone who is using our free website builder to add a guestbook to their website should definitely think about this in advance.  You should only implement this if you are able to set time aside each day – or every other day – to moderate the guestbook.  If you leave it unattended and it fills up with spammy comments and such, it can be more detrimental than beneficial.

  • Loise

    I didn´t know it was possible to add a guestbook, I add it to my webpage, and hope to get as many comments I can, this web builder is really complete.

    • Bob Charles

      It’s really easy to add when you make a web page, so if you try it, let us know how it goes!  

      • Loise

         I already got 6 comments, none of them were useless thank God, so I´m really happy with it, and also really that I could make a website that really works.

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